Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Water damage caused by a long-term leak or other sources of moisture accumulation over time is scary for home and business owners for multiple reasons. In many cases, we have no idea a leak is there. We often think; that insurance is supposed to cover sudden and accidental damage. However, long-term water loss claims are often denied, Long-term water damage also regularly leads to secondary damages like mold.
As a Missoula home and business owner, the best way to deal with long-term water damage is to prevent it. Like any other part of your property, pipes experience wear and tear, and regular maintenance and periodic replacements may be necessary to keep things running smoothly. Scheduling an annual or bi-annual plumbing inspection can help determine if any repairs are needed. If an out-of-sight leak does occur, how can you know? There are a few common signs to watch out for: your water bill is significantly higher than usual; decreased water pressure at your property; wet spots around sinks, toilets; warped, discolored, or wet walls; a persistent mildew smell. If you can see or smell signs of water damage at your Missoula location, or if your plumber discovers a long-term leak, call SERVPRO of Missoula as soon as possible. Our technicians can be onsite within the hour to begin mitigating the damage.
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What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.